Training & Exercise 

Emergency preparedness training and exercises are not open to the public. Community Outreach events are open to the public. Official agency representatives who want to observe exercises may contact the Office of Emergency Management about attending.

Exercise Schedule

Exercises are a key component of national preparedness—they provide elected and appointed officials and stakeholders from across the whole community with the opportunity to shape planning, assess and validate capabilities, and address areas for improvement in a low-risk environment.

Training Schedule

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free Independent Study (IS) online courses that are available to the general public on a wide variety of topics. To learn more about the Independent Study Program and view available courses click here.

Check this page often to see what training opportunities are available throughout the region. Current and upcoming classes are listed below.

Title Dates Location Description
Damage Assessment Training

Tri County Council for Lower Eastern Shore
This course provides information and resources that will enable participants to
plan an effective damage assessment program and conduct rapid and effective damage
assessments in order to save lives, protect property and the environment, and begin the process of recovery and mitigation. This course is tailored with scenarios that are jurisdictional/regional.

PER 256 Comprehensive Cyber Security Defense (CCD)


Carroll County Public Safety Training Center

The goal of CCD is to provide technical personnel with the hands-on expertise necessary to defend communication and data networks from cyber security events. CCD is a four day course that will expose participants to potential attack methods from cyber terrorists. After an introduction to cyber terrorism, participants will learn how to protect network systems by survey of the following: planning and preparation of defenses; installation and administration of defenses; hardening network defenses; administration of defenses; monitoring defenses; and testing and modifying defenses—followed by a review of cyber terrorism defenses and emerging trends.

ICS Position Specific Training All Hazards Planning Section Chief (L962)

Montgomery County Fire Station 34 COURSE OVERVIEW This course is designed to provide local and state-level emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective PSC on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT). These responsibilities fall into two categories:

1)Responding to the incident and command needs of the incident, and
2)Effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities of an Incident Commander on an All-Hazards ICS Incident Management Team. Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable students to process and apply their new knowledge. 
GSEM Pilot -Basic

MEMA SEOC This class offers a high level overview of NIMS and ICS, an introduction to planning, and an introduction to training and exercises. NIMS and ICS will be delivered and framed with school stakeholders in mind. The introduction to planning will discuss the importance of the planning process, risk assessments, as well as planning teams, roles, and responsibilities. The final session will introduce training and exercises, and will elaborate on the exercise cycle and training schedules.
GSEM Pilot Program - Advanced

MEMA SEOC This session will be an in depth seminar on advanced ICS principles, a comprehensive approach to emergency operations planning, and an advanced examination of program management in the exercise cycle. The advanced ICS module will discuss unified command, incident action plans, and other high level ICS concepts. The emergency operations planning module will describe the three major components that make up an EOP, including the basic plan, functional annexes, and threat and hazard specific annexes. Finally the advanced training and exercise session will discuss the importance of program management and the importance of a multi-year training and exercise program.

Upcoming Conferences

We encourage our staff to increase their general knowledge and learn about new trends and best practices while providing them with the opportunity to establish new working relationships with other professionals. Here are some of the training venues you will find Annapolis OEM staff this year:

  • International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference (November 15-20)
    The IAEM Annual Conference provides a forum to discuss current trends and topics, share information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security, and advance the work of IAEM. Conference sessions encourage stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health and related professions to exchange ideas and collaborate to protect lives and property from disaster.

NOTE: These conferences are available to the general public and will have a fee attached in order to attend. For more information, click on the name of the event that interests you.